July Book Group Meeting

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed 4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 · 4,361 ratings · 1,122 reviews A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

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  • Maxine F.

    I agree, sounds like a plan to me, I would also be coming from work and no time to stop for dinner. I would be willing to contribute something for a potluck!

    August 27, 2012

  • JoAnn H.

    I actually read Wild! so sorry to have had to miss the meeting. I agree with Wayne, a potluck is a nice idea. Let me know what I can do to help.

    July 20, 2012

  • Wayne M.

    I really like Ann’s suggestion about sometime maybe doing a potluck or sharing hors d'oeuvres. I come to our meeting straight from work and am usually a little hungry. Last night I found myself staring at Ann’s unopened salad on more than 1 occasion. I’d gladly work with other people in our group to make this happen for a future meeting.

    July 20, 2012

  • Wayne M.

    I loved this book. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t set it down. I’ve hiked portions of the Pacific Crest Trail so a lot of the trail descriptions were like going back home but more interesting was how each section of the trail brought back a memory of her shattered life and family. Discussing Cheryl’s life and the choices she made was a hugely fascinating part of our book discussion and each person in our group brought a unique perspective which reminded me that this is why I’m in a book club. I had a great time.

    July 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Speaking of dinners, I'd love to have one potluck sometime if anyone else is up for that.

    July 20, 2012

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